I’m currently going through the edits on Chapter 19. The start of this process for each chapter is usually where I look at the mess I have created and fall into a pit of despair. Then somehow I dig my way back out, finally ending up with something that I’m not entirely embarrassed to release. This time is no different!

In the past year or so I’ve strongly considered redoing this story in a novel form with occasional illustrations. It’s an attractive idea as it would be a lot less work and allow me to break free of many of the constraints of the visual medium. (I was going to make a list here of all the visual aspects I struggle with, but decided it might be better not to point them out. You may be aware of them already!)

But I’m aware that original written fiction is difficult to find an audience for. Even if your work is worth reading (by no means a guarantee) standing out amidst so many other writers is almost impossible. As small as the current audience is, it is at least a number greater than zero, which I am very thankful for. This is one of the main reasons I went with the graphic novel format in the beginning. I also don’t read science fiction novels myself, and so would feel like something of a fraud trying to write one. Most of my reading is history and biographies instead. And I want an excuse to keep drawing!

I’ll probably let the idea stew for a while longer. There’s a big break-point coming up in the story at the end of the year where I can make a decision on whether to reboot everything in a different format.

In other news, I’ve recently switched image CDN again as the existing one was raising prices and removing features – always a winning combination. Please let me know if you experience any problems loading pages.